Hello. My name is RM Hubbert.

I'm a guitarist and (sometimes) singer from Scotland.

My next show is at Glorious Traces Weekender, Glasgow on Sunday 14th August.

My new album is called Telling The Trees. Available on 12" heavyweight vinyl, CD and digital download, it's out now. Buy it here.

I have 2 upcoming shows. It would be nice to see you at one of them. I also keep an archive of past shows, if you are interested in that sort of thing.

Glorious Traces Weekender, Glasgow

Sunday 14th August 2016

Solo show.

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Mono, Glasgow

Tuesday 4th October 2016

El Hombre Trajeado show supporting Il sogno del marinaio.

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News, views and opinions. Occasional ranting too, most probably.

June & July 2016 tours

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I’ll be heading out on tour around England and a wee bit of Scotland in support of the release of Telling The Trees in June & July.

June
11 : Long Division Festival, Wakefield
13 : The Cluny 2, Newcastle
14 : The Eagle Inn, Manchester
17 : Lantern Theatre, Sheffield
18 : Sin-Eater Festival, Ratlinghope
19 : Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
20 : Servant Jazz Quarters, London
30 : Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

July
02 : Eden Court, Inverness

Video premiere for The Dog (with Kathryn Joseph)

Fri 18th Mar 2016
the-dog-front-1200Exclusive interview & premiere of our new video for The Dog.
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Telling The Trees launch guests

Mon 14th Mar 2016
RM Hubbert A3 5Glasgow, Aberdeen & Edinburgh launch shows for Telling The Trees
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Telling The Trees

Fri 12th Feb 2016
telling-the-trees-front-web-1000Telling The Trees. A brand new collaborative album with a release date of April 29th 2016.
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English tour – September 2015

Mon 31st Aug 2015
hubby_landscape_webShort notice English tour for September. Stockton, Hull, Reading, Bristol, London, Winchester & Preston.
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All about me and why I do what I do. Written in third person view by an impartial biographer for ease of insertion into your (hopefully) glowing reviews.

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RM Hubbert is a guitarist and (sometimes) singer from Scotland. He writes music about love, death, friendship, mental illness and occasionally a dog called D Bone. It's not as depressing as the previous sentence suggests.

One of Glasgow's more prolific artists, RM Hubbert has released music under a variety of guises since 1993. It was El Hombre Trajeado's triptych of albums released between 1997 and 2005 though, that really put Hubbert on the musical map, earning swathes of critical acclaim, three Peel Sessions and support slots with the likes of Sebadoh, Tortoise, Nick Cave, Deerhoof, Mùm, Mike Watt and The Delgados. Following El Hombre Trajeado's demise, guitarist Hubbert took a break from playing live and began studying a host of different musical forms before returning to the scene in 2008 and self releasing his debut solo album First & Last, in March 2010.

This album was later re-released on Scotland's legendary Chemikal Underground Records in February 2011. The album's nine instrumentals skilfully blended elements of flamenco and samba with contemporary melodies to create a truly unique, understated record.

First & Last, by Hubbert's own admission, was informed by three dark events in his life; the death of his father; his diagnosis with chronic depression and finally, the death of his mother. That these traumatic events resulted in album of such beauty is testament not only to Hubbert's technical prowess as a guitarist but, perhaps more importantly, his considered and subtle strengths as a composer.

With First & Last and a return to regular live performance, RM Hubbert's profile grew steadily as he averaged over ninety shows a year and garnered support slots with Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, King Creosote and Alasdair Roberts as well securing the main support slot on both Mogwai's mammoth European tour, Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat's UK and European tour and The Twilight Sad's UK tour.

The second album, Thirteen Lost & Found was released through Chemikal Underground Records on January 30th 2012. Produced by long-time friend Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) the album features collaborations with some very special artists including Hanna Tuulikki (Nalle, Two Wings), Emma Pollock (The Delgados), Luke Sutherland (Long Fin Killie, Bows, Mogwai), Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap), Alex Kapranos and Alasdair Roberts amongst others.

Having found that it was easier to connect with people through music, Thirteen Lost & Found was conceived by Hubbert as a way of reacquainting himself with old friends while making some new ones. Each piece was written collaboratively with the respective artists; with the emphasis placed on spontaneity and experimentation. The resulting collection is eclectic and beautiful: voice, percussion, violin, piano, banjo, accordion, vibraphone and gu zheng all joining Hubbert’s idiosyncratic guitar over the eleven songs.

Thirteen Lost & Found won the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year Award, beating artists such as Calvin Harris, Emeli Sande, The Twilight Sad and Lau.

Breaks & Bone, his third album for Chemikal Underground (released 27/09/13), saw Hubbert return to solo guitar performance, albeit augmented for the first time with his own vocals. Conceived as an end to the 'The Ampersand Trilogy', Breaks & Bone explores the ideas of letting go of grief, accepting depression and finding new love. The album alternates between instrumental and vocal tracks, tied together beautifully by Paul Savage's haunting, minimalist production.

This album signalled a return to the live stage after a 9 month break for Hubbert for a highly successful UK tour playing to his largest audiences yet including sold out crowds in Glasgow, Manchester, London & Bristol.

Breaks & Bone was shortlisted for the 2014 Scottish Album of the Year Award.

September 2014 saw the release of Ampersand Extras; A collection of rarities, b-sides and unreleased pieces taken from the sessions for the previous three albums.

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Press quotes

A gracious and spellbinding thing - Q (4/5)

Emotionally gripping - Mojo (4/5)

Technically dazzling and deeply moving - Uncut (4/5)

Hubbert's a hell of a guitarist - Daily Express (4/5)

His unique guitar playing shines brightest - Is This Music (5/5)

Hubby’s most expansive & diverse work - The List (4/5)

Mesmeric - The Guardian

A revitalising downpour - The Wire

Alluring, enigmatic - The Scotsman

Yearning, inventive - AU

Delicate and beautiful - Clash

Utterly captivating - The Line of Best Fit

We are lucky indeed to have this record - The Quietus

Peerless - The Skinny

Superb - The Herald

Utterly delightful - Drowned in Sound

I occasionally make records. These are the ones I've done so far. You should probably buy them all if you haven't already.

EPs & Singles

Split Tour EP with Emma Pollock

Split Tour EP with Emma Pollock

Buckstacy

Buckstacy

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Bolt

Car Song

Car Song

Sunbeam Melts the Hour

Sunbeam Melts the Hour

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Chemikal Underground Records

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